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The fall and rise of Martha Coakley

Two years after her crushing defeat to Scott Brown, the attorney general has rebuilt her reputation

Two years ago, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley pulled off the impossible. To the horror of Democrats and the delight of Republicans, she managed to lose Ted Kennedy’s sacred Senate seat to a little-known guy in a barn jacket and pickup truck.

“Saturday Night Live’’ responded with a devastating parody in which President Obama called her “the single most incompetent candidate to seek public office in this nation’s history.’’ He added: “You deserved to lose, Martha. You stunk up the joint.’’

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